Tradeshow Week announced that the NBAA Convention rose to the fifth position in its rankings of largest trade shows in the U.S. last year. In 2007 the NBAA event was listed as the 10th largest show and in 2006 it was ranked at number 37. This year’s NBAA Convention will be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, Fla., the same location as last year.
National Business Aviation Association
The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is to stage a new trade show called Asian Business Aviation. The event has been launched in partnership with Reed Exhibitions and will be held in Hong Kong Sept. 8 to 10, 2009, as part of the larger Asian Aerospace show.
The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is planning to stage a new trade show called Asian Business Aviation. The event has been launched in partnership with Reed Exhibitions and will be held in Hong Kong from September 8 to 10 as part of the larger Asian Aerospace show.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have begun television and newspaper advertising for their ‘No Plane No Gain’ initiative to tout the utility of business aircraft and to counter severely negative images, generated during the bailout debate, of corporate executives jetting about the country in plush cabins with cushy seats and wood-paneled interiors.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen last week commended Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) for outlining the value of business aviation in remarks he made on the Senate floor. “Some federal officials have recently been making the use of business aviation a matter of derision,” the senator told his colleagues.
Looking to expand its franchise and better serve some of its members, the National Business Aviation Association announced plans last April to hold an event aimed specifically at the owners and operators of light business aircraft, a category the association loosely defines as those weighing less than 20,000 pounds.
The Transportation Security Administration’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal has received criticism from industry groups and operators of helicopters weighing more than 12,500 pounds. Operators have called the proposal “oppressive” and have expressed concern about the future of general aviation security.
NBAA and GAMA today swept the dust off the slogan “No Plane, No Gain”, which was launched by the two associations in 1993 to highlight the benefits of business aircraft but was later left to quietly fade away as the industry prospered. But in light of the current recession and recent attacks on business aviation by the general media and politicians, the aviation groups have resurrected the brand.
Testifying before Congress yesterday during a hearing on FAA reauthorization, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen directly challenged those who have recently questioned the value of business aviation or mischaracterized the use of business aircraft.
NBAA has cancelled the 2009 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The event was scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on February 11 and 12, and the association announced the cancellation on December 23 in response to the worsening economic situation.